Effects of deer browsing on the survival and growth of Abies homolepis and Picea jezoensis var. hondoensis seedlings after fencing on Mt. Ohdaigahara
Authors: Kumar, Shalini; Shibata, Ei’ichi
Source: Journal of Forest Research, Volume 12, Number 4, August 2007 , pp. 312-315(4)
Abstract:We evaluated the survival and growth of Abies homolepis and Picea jezoensis var. hondoensis seedlings on Mt. Ohdaigahara, where the population of sika deer (Cervus nippon) is high and an experimental fence has been in place for 13 years. No significant differences were detected in the survival of small seedlings between fenced and unfenced plots. The growth of A. homolepis was significantly higher in the fenced plot, but growth of P. jezoensis var. hondoensis did not show significant differences between fenced and unfenced plots. Seedlings of height ≤5 cm in the forest floor vegetation of the unfenced plot were probably too small for deer to find and browse, so they survived.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: 2007-08-01